“Reality is stranger than insanity. It is reality that defies comprehension.”
Shira Nayman’s intense stories are written with insight, courage, and brilliance. This amazingly written collection brings to life, the after-effects of the lives of the characters, all Survivors of the Holocaust.
The passage of time and place, does not necessarily lesson the pain, and in fact, the pain continues, not only within the soul of the Survivor, but also continues on through the generations, with the burdens, history, and guilt becoming a lagacy handed down to the children of the Survivors.
From a woman who returns to Germany, the place of her birth, and discovers the house of her childhood; to another woman, who has traveled through the light, through horrors and demeaning moments, and finally gives birth to a daughter; to a psychiatric patient who intuitively knows she has a connection with her psychiatrist, the stories unfold with intense darkness, sadness and poignancy.
Self-discovery, is found in every story. Secrets, once locked, are unlocked, lives saved, are not necessarily lives that have been lived happily, and we see how the past has formed and molded the mindsets of the Survivors and their children in the present. Secrets that were kept, have repercussions through their silence, superficial faces, put on, to keep out the pain, release the turmoil in ways never expected.
Nayman writes with boldness and courage, never willing to remove or leave out harsh words, to soften the story. We read the pain and emotion, feel it, head on, and are engulfed within the pages, unable to stop reading, and unable to forget the stories, long after we have finished reading them.
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